BENGALURU: On Sunday, India reached the 6th position in the medals tally of the Commonwealth Games 2022 after the 19-year-old weightlifter Jeremy Lalrinnuga clinched the gold as he lifted a total of 300 kg (140 kg+160 kg) in the men’s 67kg weightlifting category.
At present, Australia is at the top of the tree with 32 medals which include 13 gold, 8 silver and 11 bronze. New Zealand is in second place with 13 medals which included 7 gold, 4 silver and 2 Bronze.
About 215 athletes from India are participating in 15 different sporting events like Athletics, Badminton, Cycling, Boxing, Hockey, Judo, Squash, Swimming, Table Tennis, Triathlon, Weightlifting and also Cricket. Cricket is a women-only event which is being played in the T20 format. Indian Women on Sunday routed Pakistan Women by 8 wickets after losing the first encounter against Australian Women.
Till now, India has won 5 medals in the CWG 2022. Here are the 5 medal-winners:
1) Mirabai Chanu – GOLD (Weightlifting, Women’s 49 kg): The ace weightlifter smashed the Commonwealth Games record by lifting a total of 201 kg. She lifted 88kg in snatch and 113kg in clean and jerk to bag the first gold for India in the 2022 edition of the CWG. The Olympic silver medallist was streets ahead of the second-placed contestant who lifted 172kg.
2) Jeremy Lalrinnunga – GOLD (Weightlifting, Men’s 67 kg): The 19-year-old hurt his back after his first essay of clean and jerk round but demonstrated appreciable pluck to bounce back. Lalrinnunga pushed the envelope and lifted 160 kg which pushed his total to 300 kg (140 kg in the snatch round) and fetched him a gold.
3) Bidyarani Devi – SILVER (Weightlifting, Women’s 55 kg): The latest sensation from Manipur earned her spurs by lifting a total of 202 kg and winning a coveted silver medal. She lifted 86 kg in the snatch round and moved on to create a new CWG record by lifting 116 kg in the clean and jerk round which is also her personal best.
4) Sanket Mahadev Sargar – SILVER (Weightlifting, Men’s 55 kg): Just like Lalrinnunga, Sanket had badly hurt his elbow but that didn’t deter him from riding the pain and emerging a champion. The 21-year-old bagged a silver by lifting a total of 241 kg. He received thunderous applause from the crowd for his barn-storming exploits when he reached the podium to collect his medal.
5) Gururaja Poojary – BRONZE (Weightlifting, Men’s 61 kg): In a thrilling nail-biter, Poojary pipped his opponent to the post by lifting a total of 269 kg. The 29-year-old, who had bagged a silver medal in the Men’s 56 kg weight class at the 2018 CWG, lifted 118 kg in snatch and 151 kg in clean and jerk.